© Kevin Sparrow 2011
I was born in Chester in 1950 the youngest of 7 children. I studied for a short time at Chester school of art in the 1970’s. My original painting medium was oil but I changed to watercolour in the 1980’s As I am self taught in the use of watercolour, It took me a long time and many frustrating attempts to understand and appreciate the medium before I developed my painting style.
My usual method of painting is a combination of loose watercolour washes and semi controlled ink drawing, although I do occasionally settle for pure watercolour.
I love the use of colour and use it to create a rhythm throughout the subject area.
Once I have laid my first washes I then draw through them with ink to re-
My paintings are a reflection of time and space. I do not try to historically record what I see but I try to capture the atmosphere as a moment whilst time continues to go by. I am careful in my paintings not to suggest an era by giving too much detail to people or by defining vehicles as I would prefer a time which could be related to today or to days in the future. The only contradiction to that would be if I wanted a painting to reflect a past time.
In my City scapes I think of how the buidings relate to each other, some tall and imposing with sculptured facades and some just there, a little less grand but still a major player in the whole city or town composition. I love the thought of the building looking down as the people rush by.
In my landscape paintings I am fascinated by the isolated mountain cottage or farm building and their interaction with the natural surroundings or the group of fisherman’s cottages staring out to sea.
I love painting, in particular I love the challenge and spontaneity of watercolour and I enjoy passing my experience on to my students.
Please take a look at some of the images within my galleries, I hope you enjoy them.